Arizona Regents Approve Increases Of Universities’ Presidents Compensation

AZ Board of Regents‏' tuition increase workshop in March 2017.

Despite the fact that they are overseeing an increase of virtually valueless degrees and students struggle with rising costs, the Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday approved raises for Arizona State University President Michael Crow, Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng and University of Arizona President Robert Robbins.

The base salary adjustments for each of the presidents will be reflected in amendments to their multiple-year contracts.

Presidential salaries approved by the board today are:

● Arizona State University (ASU) President Michael Crow will receive a $690,000 base salary, an increase from $600,000. The new rate is retroactively effective as of Jan. 1, 2018.

● Northern Arizona University (NAU) President Rita Cheng will receive a $475,000 base salary, an increase from $390,000. The new rate is retroactively effective as of Jan. 1, 2018.

● University of Arizona (UA) President Robert Robbins will receive a $675,000 base salary, an increase from $600,000. The new rate is effective as of July 1, 2018.

The Board also authorized scheduled future increases to each president’s base salary of 3.5 percent per year to be effective on September 1, 2019, September 1, 2020 and September 1, 2021. Unless the board takes action to alter a scheduled increase, the increases would go into effect without further board action.

The regents are appointed by the governor.

In 2017, the Regents unanimously a three-year contract for Robbins that included a base salary of $600,000 annually as part of a total compensation package of nearly $1 million.

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In April, the regents voted in favor of gouging students once again when they approved 2018-19 tuition and fees for Arizona’s public universities.

Incoming resident freshmen at the University of Arizona (UA) will see a 2 percent increase in tuition. Northern Arizona will see a 3.5 percent increase in tuition.

Related article: Regents Increase Tuition Costs For Arizona’s Universities

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  1. 15%,22%,12% for someone here less than a year!

    Outrageous increases compared to the average Arizona worker.

    Add the ABOR to the “Corrupt to the Core” list.

  2. NO public employee is worth such exorbitant salaries and benefits that the BOR has approved paying these people. The taxpayers create wealth, governments do not and that is why private sector pay is and should be higher.

  3. …and housing allowances ($70K to UA Prez) + whatever else! What a great time to be a Prez! …And let’s sock it to the students and parents for another tuition/fee increase! Did I say it was a great time to be a Prez? I’ll bet they don’t pay for parking either. While everyone else lives with no increase or a few cents an hour… they get increases of 75 to 90 THOUSAND at one time AND retroactive to January 2018 to boot. And let’s not forget the BONUSES for changing stuff that doesn’t need to be changed! Apparently a hallmark for at least one certain Prez who shall remain un-named. (Because he/she/it needs the money?) It IS a great time to be a Prez!! Just ask one.

    • Well said coy. Speaking of parking; I work at NAU and have to buy a $430.00 “employee” parking permit every year.

    • They are getting their increases from an increase in YOUR property taxes. READ THE FINE PRINT IN THE SCHOOL BOND ELECTION PAMPHLETS and you will see that the residential homeowner gets socked with the sticker shock of paying for these overpriced babysitters.

  4. All this as all reports and analysis of enrollment trends show that colleges and universities Will soon see drastic enrollment decreases and closures as early as the next 3 years. We have allowed out two major universities to become corportized as well as the board of reagents.

  5. Thieves

    Arizona Constitution – “The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.”

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